Summary: The Leaders House (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Luke chapter 8 verse 40-55.
A man went to his doctor complaining about severe headaches:
• His doctor told him to stop smoking, which he did, (The headaches persisted).
• His doctor told him to stop drinking alcohol, which he did, (The headaches still persisted).
• His doctor told him to lose weight, which he did, (But nothing stopped the headaches).
• His doctor finally told him to quit his job, reluctantly he handed in his notice,
But still the headaches kept returning, everyday the pain pulsed through his head:
• Eventually the cause of the headaches was discovered:
• He was wearing a size 15 collar, on a size 16 neck.
Unlike that gentleman the two people in today’s story found no help from the doctors of their day:
• The two stories are intertwined,
• To look at one means really you have to look at the other.
(1). The two stories are full of contrasts:
• The man is named (vs 40).
• The woman is anonymous (vs 43).
• Jairus was an important synagogue officer (vs 41).
• Woman was (As far as we can tell) a "Nobody".
• Jairus came interceding for someone else (vs 42).
• The woman came hoping to get help for herself (vs 44).
• Jairus due to his occupation, Jairus was wealthy.
• The woman due to her illness she was poor ‘spent out on doctors’, (vs 43).
• Jairus asked Jesus to touch, lay hands on his daughter (Mark chapter 5 verse 23).
• The woman quietly comes and lays hands, touches Jesus (verse 44-45).
• Jairus was about to lose his daughter,
• Who had given him twelve years of happiness.
• The woman was about to lose an affliction,
• That had brought her twelve years of sorrow.
So the differences between Jairus and the woman are many:
• Yet despite their differences they both came to Jesus when everything else had failed.
• And the good news for them, is that he did not disappoint them!
(2). The people Involved:
(1st). Jairus the synagogue ruler:
• A pillar of Jewish orthodoxy.
• A respected, looked up to person (pride of his mother)
• His social group and equals would have looked down,
• Upon Jesus and despised him.
• Because of his lack of schooling (right university!).
• Because of the company he kept (sinners & pros).
• But not Jairus!
His motive for approaching Jesus may well have been out of desperation:
• But so what? The important thing is he came!
• He had tried everything else, he had tried everyone else.
• His last chance, his only ray of hope, was Jesus.
• So he comes to Jesus in a hopeless situation.
(2). This woman with the issue of blood.
• This lady had had what appears to be an incurable haemorrhage.
• This haemorrhage was slowly destroying her.
• Unobserved she creeps up behind Jesus.
• And quietly touched the hem of his coat.
Note (useless information):
• That does not mean around the ankles of Jesus' garment:
• The outer garment would be similar to wearing a blanket,
• It would have been thrown over the left shoulder,
• And left to hang down the back of the wearer.
Good news Bible pictures it like this.
• This woman also comes to Jesus out of desperation
• But with a great belief in the power of Jesus.
• And as everyone in the crowd is pressing & touching Jesus, and patting him on the back.
• She quietly and gently reaches out her hand & touches his back.
(3). Their encounter with Jesus.
(A) The Woman.
• She came to Jesus and she was not disappointed,
• A simple act of faith placed in the saviour.
• Jesus honoured her faith, weak as it was,
• And healed her body.
• The Lord then asked her to give public witness to him,
• Not to embarrass her, but for her own sake.
3 ways in which she benefited:
• (1). She had the chance to confess Jesus as the Messiah.
• Conversion may be personnel (you & God) but it is NEVER private (visible i.e. baptism).
• (2). She was able to receive not just healing BUT Jesus' words of assurance and comfort.
• Assurance of salvation comes as we honour the Lord.
• (3). People would know she had been healed:
• And she would no longer be prevented from entering a place of worship (unclean).
Note: There is one obvious and simple lesson we can learn from these verses:
• That you can be part of the crowd,
• Who are close to Jesus, and not get the blessing: